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Remedies For Facial Muscle Spasms
What is causing them: First determine what is causing the spasms first. It could be an indication of serious underlying disease that requires treatment. Central tumors or hormone dysfunction or electrolyte abnormalities are just a few of the causes which should be treated and not ignored.
Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more
Magnesium deficiency: Low mag means a true deficiency or relative. Most folk think it is just potassium, but mag is another key mineral need to keep muscles quiet. Muscular issues. Heat stretching and massage. See a good massage person who will unlock your jaw, face and neck/shoulders. Add in magnesium, epsoms soaking. I love acupuncture and myofasical release w Lidocaine trigger point needling.
Definition: Spasm of the muscles of the face.
Having noticeable facial muscle spasms for days at a time, and off for days at a time. Should I seek help?
Yes: You may want to schedule an appointment with a neurologist. In the meantime stop or at least cut down your caffeine intake and get plenty of rest.
Determine cause 1st: First determine what is causing the spasms first. It could be an indication of serious underlying disease that requires treatment. That may be the best method to prevent them. Central tumors or hormone dysfunction or electrolyte abnormalities are just a few of the causes which should be treated and not ignored.
Usuall will resolve: Common facial spasms include rapid blinking, nose or mouth twitching. They may be due to an underling motor disorder or myopathy, but more commonly are stress related and resolve without complication. When smiling may be due to social anxiety and over eagerness. Stress management may be a useful approach. If this persists or worsens, see a neurologist.
Reduce stress: I think it really depends on what you mean. True spasms of facial muscles (intermittent tightening with or without pain) may be indicative of an underlying neurologic condition. If what you are referring to is that, rather than say wrinkles, it would be important to see your physician to discuss.
Yes?: What is the question? If you're asking about treatment, apply moist heat to the face, ask your doctor to prescribe a muscle relaxant, massage the muscles, eat soft, non-chewy foods. If you're asking about prevention, bite plates or splints can be made by dentists or ENT docs who specialize in TMJ treatment.See 4 more doctor answers
Not likely: It is unlikely that you are not using the muscles enough.
Could be: Most likely they are benign and not a sign of a big problem but first determine what is causing the spasms. It could be an indication of serious underlying disease that requires treatment. Central tumors or hormone dysfunction or electrolyte abnormalities are just a few of the causes which should be treated and not ignored.
If facial muscle spasms on right side, from corner of mouth to ear, continue for a week then stop but muscles feel tight, no pain, is it a problem?
Probably: Hemifacial spasm is what you describe. The nerve to the face is irritated. The muscles were damaged due to overuse and are now recovering. The cause must be determined. Could be virus or trauma or due to tumor or disease of the nerve. A thorough neurological evaluation would be appropriate.
I have a facial muscle spasm condition. In summer it was not that bad and I was able to live with it nicely. But as the winter came it become worse.
See a neurologist: Should be checked out. May benefit from Botox injections.
My mother (60 yrs old) has facial muscle spasm near lower eyelid for 1-2 weeks each time, 2-3 times a year for the last few years. How can she prevent?
Hemifacial spasm: Is irregular twitching or spasm of the muscles on one side of the face. The first symptom is usually an intermittent spasm of the lower eyelid muscle that can lead to forced closure of the eye. The treatment of choice is injection of botulinum toxin type A (Botox). Rec.: see a neurologist for definitive diagnosis, lab tests, imaging (MRI_MRA) and management.
Back and shoulders are knotted up from muscle spasms. I have ms. Why would the area feel hot to touch, but no where else? I'm currently relapsing.
Hip/ butt muscle spasms on left side like charlie horse. Recent MS dx. Possible symptom? Very painful lasted 2 days already. Suggestions?
SOME THOTS: Pain is very common in ms, and can present numerous ways, and even migraine is present in ms pts at a frequency of 2-4 times normals. However, your muscle spasms could represent a separate process in hip, back, pelvis. (unlikely, but if you were given steroids, check for avascular necrosis in hip). Lastly, do not want to second guess your doc, but there are oral meds now (no needles).See 1 more doctor answer
I have been diganosed with both trigeminal neralgia and occipital neuralgia. I also have some memory problems and muscle spasms. Could I have ms?
Consult Neurologist: Trgeminal neuralgia has been reported in patients with ms. You have to ask this question from your neyrologist as he/she is the only one can tell you if you do or not based on your symptoms, examination and MRI exam etc. So consult your neurologist about ms and you.See 1 more doctor answer
Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed?
No: Someone has been reading too many medical horror stories. It is mega highly unlikely that spasms in an otherwise healthy 20 year old represent anything but overuse or electrolyte disturbance. The diseases you mention generally do not begin like that. See your family doc for an evaluation and reassurance of the correct diagnosis, so you can get this problem resolved.
Could I have multiple sclerosis even if my MRI was normal? I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle spasm, weakness, tingling down my back and legs), but my MRI didn’t show anything. Can an MRI miss ms?
Typically not: Mri is the most sensitive test available to aid in the diagnosis of ms. While there are rare cases of MRI negative ms, the vast, vast, vast majority of patients with ms have MRI abnormalities. Having said that, given your symptoms it would be important to know if the cervical and thoracic spinal cord were imaged. If brain and spinal cord imaging negative then not likely to be ms.See 4 more doctor answers
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
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